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Out of the (shipping) box retail coming to Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/25/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Zero waste

Cities reinvent themselves. And so the rise of small box—a project to retrofit steel shipping containers into micro-retail spaces for Cleveland’s Warehouse District—fits neatly in that category.

Playing small ball<br />Small box will plug experimental retail space over parking lots in the high-rent Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland If it can make it here<br />Dekalb Market in Brooklyn inspired the shipping crate retail project in ClevelandFaded glory<br />Shipping crate retail will be inserted on a parking lot where The Blackstone Building once stood in downtown Cleveland. Image from Cleveland Public Library Photo Collection.Very driven<br />The Cleveland Warehouse District today has a glut of parking at the center

Opportunity Corridor at crossroad of world views

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/10/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Is the Opportunity Corridor a critical piece of infrastructure or is it an example of “old think”? Steve Litt asked a panel of speakers at the Cleveland Museum of Art during the annual Circle Neighbors symposium.

Opportunity for transit<br />Orlando Bakery seen from the E. 79th Street Red Line Rapid station Rock of ages<br />Mt. Sinai Baptist Church is an anchor of the community on Woodland AvenueMoving in<br />Salt Lake City, Utah attracted two multi-million dollar malls with its streetcar lineNew University Circle<br />City leaders hope the Opportunity Corridor spurs the Cleveland Clinic to expand into the surrounding neighborhood on E. 105th StreetThe way it was<br />E. 55th and Woodland in the 1940s was still a dense neighborhood but the automobile was changing its character

Cleveland east siders say 'no' to suburban access road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/04/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

The plan to build a highway extension through the city of Cleveland turned out a large group of residents and sustainability advocates unanimously opposed to the $331 million project at this week’s ODOT public hearing on its environmental impact.

Big No<br />A large, vocal group of residents on Cleveland's east side expressed their opposition to Opportunity Corridor.Another way<br />Woodland Avenue is a wide existing road that was part of the alternatives to Opportunity Corridor.Holding promise<br />Vacant land waiting to be redeveloped on Woodland Avenue.Finding another way<br />The area around Opportunity Corridor has three Rapid lines and stations like the E. 79th Street Red Line seen here that need reinvestment.Crumbling<br />The E. 79th Street Red Line station

GCBL's goals for 2019

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/20/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

SC2019, Cleveland’s biggest sustainability initiative, reaches its midway point at next month’s fifth annual summit (registration closes Sept. 24). It’s a time to take stock of how the city and its sustainability champions are doing. It’s also a moment to reflect on the goals that were set back in 2009. GreenCityBlueLake reaches back into its archive for a page written...

Walkable lakefront<br />The completion of Dike 14 as the Lakefront Nature Preserve will help toward the goal of improving access to Cleveland's shore.Greening your commute<br />Cleveland's transit system can play a role in lightening the carbon footprint of getting to work or play.The picture of sprawl<br />Urban sprawl threatens prime farmland and pristine natural areas throughout Northeast Ohio.

Make Opportunity Corridor a sustainable neighborhood

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/16/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

ODOT just released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Opportunity Corridor. It is the justification for building an urban expressway between E. 55th Street and E. 105th Street. Imagine if Cleveland were talking about building not just a road, but a sustainable neighborhood.

A more suburban city<br />What is Cleveland's role in promoting multi-modal access in this $325 million expressway and industrial park in a historically walkable neighborhood? Remove the bottleneck<br />Can traffic choke points at E. 55th and I-490 be removed at far less cost?The superblock<br />Cleveland's land use plan in Opportunity Corridor does little to capitalize on its good transit connections.Cleveland's east side eco-village?<br />Could Opportunity Corridor keep the 60 households being displaced by the road and attract more people in a transit village around the Rapid station?No barriers<br />The current design of Opportunity Corridor places physical barriers to pedestrians and transit users.

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